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In Brief
Boston Diary – Day 144

144 days after COVID-19 hit his hometown of Boston, EBR’s industry advisor, Emile Bellot, reflects on all that has changed, and whether the world will ever be the same again.
 
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Features
Changing Perceptions

Aras Azadian of Avicanna

The medicinal benefits of cannabis are quickly becoming undeniable in this new climate. Aras Azadian, CEO of Avicanna, speaks to EBR about the remaining stigma and the potential benefits of cannabinoids.
 
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The Numerous Challenges of a Rapidly Developing Sector

Carl Niedbala at Founder Shield

Now, more than ever, the biotech industry faces a significant number of risks, including a lengthy pipeline, the complicated process of gaining FDA approval, and higher healthcare costs.
 
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Neoantigens: IP Considerations for an Emerging Class of Cancer Immunotherapy

Fran Salisbury and Ine Vanderleyden at Mewburn Ellis

Previously, cancer treatments took a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach’; however, new personalised clinical technologies are being developed that can incite a patient’s immune system to destroy cancer cells in the body.
 
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Mesenchymal Stem Cells: The Next Generation of Pain Treatments

Leo Lee at Regeneus

Pain has always been, and remains, a major burden for patients, stemming from a variety of diseases. Regenerative treatments, such as stem cell treatments using mesenchymal stem cells, may be able to help carry that burden.


 
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rare diseases
A Conversation About Systemic Sclerosis

Dr Alexandre Akoulitchev and Dr Ewan Hunter, the Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Data Officer of Oxford BioDynamics, respectively, discuss with EBR the R&D and treatment options available for systemic sclerosis.


 
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The Importance of Patient Advocacy

Jennifer McGrain at Zambon shares her views with EBR surrounding the vital role patient advocates have in helping patients deal with their conditions, particularly those suffering from rare diseases who may struggle to find vital support.

 
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Gene editing and CRISPR
Novel Approaches to Overcome CRISPR In Vitro Delivery Challenges

Dr Paul Monnier at Cytosurge

Although CRISPR is widely used in research laboratories, many challenges regarding delivery and safety remain to be overcome for both in vivo and in vitro applications.

 
 
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Choosing the Right CRISPR Tools to Generate Your Genetically Modified Mice

James Chon at GenScript

Genetically modified mice are a vital part of life science research, however, the prolonged, financially burdensome process may be changing.
 
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How Gene Editing May Pave the Way for Personalised Medicine

Rolf Turk at Integrated DNA Technologies

In the eight years since the seminal paper on CRISPRCas9 gene editing was published, the technology has presented with a huge amount of potential for bringing novel therapies to patients suffering from single gene mutation diseases.
 
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The Solution to Complex CRISPR Modifications: Droplet Digital PCR

Dr Karen McAulay, Zara Puckrin, and Dr Robert Annand at REPROCELL

Steps must be taken to ensure the scientific and commercial viability of the CRISPR-Cas9 system if the technology is to reach its full potential.

 
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Antimicrobial resistance
Treatment Options for Clostridioides Difficile

Shelley McLendon and Kelley Struble at ICON

The increase of hospitalisations, caused by COVID-19, has also seen an uptick in the spread of antimicrobial diseases such as C diff: now an urgent antibiotic resistance threat.
 
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The Other – Silent – Pandemic

Philippe Villain-Guillot at Nosopharm

Antibiotic resistance is a severe threat to world health, one that is exacerbated by the pharmaceutical industry’s ageing antibiotic arsenal that has yet to be sufficiently renewed.

 
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Another Crisis Is Brewing

Regina Au at BioMarketing Insight USA

The costly and time-consuming models for drug development must change in order for pharma companies to produce new antibiotics and effectively combat antimicrobial resistance.
 
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Biopharma post-COVID-19
How Pharma Can Conquer the Next Pandemic

Vladimir Tkachenko at Amaxa Pharma

Months into the pandemic, it’s worth taking a look at what measures have been taken, and what lessons have been learned by the pharma industry, to ensure it will be ready for the next pandemic – whenever it should occur.

 
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Fluidity One-W Serum

Accurately characterising the immune response against SARSCoV- 2 is vital in managing the current COVID-19 pandemic; Fluidity One-W Serum could be the solution in the development of reliable antibody tests.

 
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Medical Communications Transformed

Shairose Ebrahim at integrated medhealth communication (imc)

COVID-19 has led to the drastic transformation of many professional sectors, including those in the medical community. The medical communications sector has been instrumental in making these transformations as smooth as possible.
 
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News and Press Releases

Arcis Biotechnology appointments Professor Steve Howell as Non-Executive Chairman

Daresbury, UK, 24 July 2019: Arcis Biotechnology (“Arcis”), the nucleic acid sample preparation solution provider, today announced it has appointed Professor Steve Howell as Non-Executive Chairman of its Board of Directors. Steve takes over the position from Paul Foulger, who was serving as Chairman on an interim basis on behalf of the Board.
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White Papers

How to Reduce Costs of Specialty Pharmaceutical Shipments and Increase Patient Satisfaction

Temptime Corporation

The specialty pharmacy industry could reduce costs by $27.5 million annually (product and call center staff costs only) if visual temperature indicators were used as decision-making tools to determine if medicine should be used or returned when patients suspect heat damage. In addition, 97% of patients surveyed, who received medicine from specialty pharmacies with a visual temperature indicator included in the package, agree that they would want an indicator in all shipments and 95% agree the indicator increased their confidence in the medicines received.
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Industry Events

World Vaccine Congress Europe

18-21 October 2020, Barcelona, Spain

The World Vaccine Congress is an award-winning series of conferences and exhibitions that have grown to become the largest and most established vaccine meeting of its kind across the globe. Our credibility is show through the prestigious scientific advisory board that spend months of hard work creating a new and topical agenda, year on year.
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